IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: LOUISIANA EDUCATION CHIEF TESTIFIES AT CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON TEACHER PREPARATION

Jul 25, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Last week, Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White provided testimony regarding Louisiana's nationally recognized teacher preparation efforts during a Congressional joint hearing of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education and the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment.

The hearing, "Educating our Educators: How Federal Policy Can Better Support Teachers and School Leaders," focused on the federal Higher Education Act and its role in improving educator preparation. In particular, Superintendent White highlighted the work Louisiana's educator preparation programs and public schools have undertaken to equip the next generation of teachers and school leaders with skills to be successful for their students. He shared Louisiana's story of Believe and Prepare and focused on the last five years of work to provide a full year's time in the classroom, under the tutelage of mentor educators, to all undergraduate students aspiring to teach. 

Watch the hearing.
Read Superintendent White's testimony.


The hearing garnered attention from local, state and national media. Among the headlines:

Aspiring teachers deserve time with a mentor before going it alone (The Hill)
Louisiana's mentorship program for beginning teachers touted at House hearing (Politico)
Opinion: Louisiana is doing teacher training right (The Courier)
La. education superintendent discusses teacher preparation on Capitol Hill (Fox 8)
Are mentorship and better prep the answer to teacher turnover? (The Advertiser)
Louisiana teachers need more support, education chief tells Congress (The Center Square)
Teacher training overhaul will end 'hapless' first year, John White tells congressional panels (The Advocate)

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